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Multiple Grade 2 winner and 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up Mucho Macho Man
completed his serious preparations for next Saturday's Grade 1,
$750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap with a five-furlong breeze
his third local work, the 5-year-old son of Macho Uno was clocked in
1:02.18 over the main track for trainer Kathy Ritvo. On July 20, he went
five-eighths in 1:01.61.
breezed great this morning, and he came back great," Ritvo said. "It
was a very good move today. He's been very consistent with his works,
and is just feeling great."
Macho Man is coming off a third-place finish in the Criminal Type
overnight stakes at Belmont Park on June 14. Ritvo drew a parallel to
last year, when Mucho Macho Man was third in the Grade 2 Alysheba and
then came back with a solid victory in the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap,
his most recent win.
think he's going to run really good this race," Ritvo said. "He's just
doing so well. He's going into all his works good, and coming out of all
his works good. He's had a very consistent schedule, and his attitude
has been great. He's just doing very well."
a record of 6-5-5 and earnings of $2,365,410 in 20 career starts, Mucho
Macho Man is still seeking his first Grade 1 victory. In addition to
the Breeders' Cup Classic, he was second by a neck in the Grade 1
Woodward at Saratoga last summer.
"The Whitney is a great, great race to win," Ritvo said. "If we can be that blessed and get that lucky, it would be fantastic."